Weather issues taxing many state counties

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (WNAX) – Fifty-eight counties in South Dakota have been included in at least one federal disaster declaration this year. Most of those came from the late winter storms and flooding. Severe storms and more flooding in late summer caused more damage.

Many counties have run through their available dollars fixing that damage.

Governor Kristi Noem says the state is facing a cash crunch, too.

Noem says she wants legislators in on the discussions.

Noem says she has ordered state agencies to cut back spending, too.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still in the state, assessing and totaling up the damages.